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The Horticulture Staff are committed to exploring new turf alternatives that are Chafer Beetle resistant, drought tolerant, provide visual merit and work symbiotically in our environment.

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We strategically chose five of the hardest hit areas and then removed the top layer of turf (what was left of it). We added a fresh layer of soil (4” depth). From there we seeded with a tall fescue grass and micro clover. The seed had fully germinated within 3 weeks and provided us with a stunning, thick, lush turf alternative!

Why Micro Clover:

  • Remains greener much longer than grasses do in drought conditions.
  • Needs less fertilizer and maintenance in general while looking natural and sustainable
  • Greatly improves the wear tolerance of lawns
  • Brighter green earlier and later in the year. It has a good summer colour, as it is particularly resistant to drought because of its deep rooting system
  • Thick and green throughout the growing season but will become dormant and brown throughout in the winter. Therefore, we added Tall Fescue so the turf will have a green winter cover.

Selected City Locations:
Pilot #1 – Eagle Creek Traffic Island (Full Sun)
Pilot #2 – Parkside Drive Median (Shade)
Pilot #3 – City Works Yard (Partial Shade)
Pilot #4 – Wilkes Creek Traffic Island (Full Sun)
Pilot #5 – City Hall Traffic Island (This area was contaminated and is no longer being monitored)

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Last updated: 05/05/2016 2:20:43 PM